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New archive centre funds secured

Some of the records at The Maltings date back to the 11th Century

Plans to build a £19m historical resource centre in Sussex will go ahead despite failing to secure lottery funding, councillors have been told.

"The Keep" archive centre would house more than 900 years of Sussex history at Woollards Field at Falmer.

Members of East Sussex County Council's community services committee were told new funding had been secured.

The county council, with Brighton and Hove and the University of Sussex, has pledged £12.5m for the project.

A planning application for The Keep could be submitted next summer.

Funding 'blow'

A council spokesperson said: "The project had been dealt a blow at the end of last year when the Heritage Lottery Fund decided not to contribute towards the project but if all goes to plan building work could start in the spring of 2011."

The Keep project management team has been liaising with other projects in the Falmer area, including the Falmer Stadium, Falmer Academy and the infrastructure improvement works being funded by SEEDA, to ensure that the projects are co-ordinated, a spokesperson added.

The current archive and record office at The Maltings in Lewes has been in operation since 1949 and is no longer fit for purpose.

In 2006, the National Archives inspection said work on a new record office should be started within five years.

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